10/06/2012 09:01 EDT | Updated 12/06/2012 05:12 EST

SC high school football player collapses on sideline during game, dies

HARTSVILLE, S.C. - A South Carolina high school football player has died after collapsing on the sideline during a game.

Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington wrote in an email late Friday that Ronald Rouse, a senior lineman for the Hartsville Red Foxes, died earlier that night.

The Morning News of Florence reports ( that the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Rouse was involved in a tackle toward the end of the first half during a game against Crestwood and stayed on the ground. Team officials helped Rouse to his feet and he walked to the sideline, where he collapsed.

Pennington said EMS crews worked to revive Rouse and transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The game was cancelled and Pennington has ordered flags in the city flown at half-mast.